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October 2, 2012

Single Carrot to move into Everyman Theatre space this winter

Single Carrot Theatre has found a venue solution for the remainder of its 2012-2013 season.

As you will recall, the surprise closing of Load of Fun Gallery, where the company made its home (along with several other artistic tenants), left Single Carrot scrambling for a place to present its productions.

MICA came to the rescue for this weekend's season-opener, Caryl Churchill's "Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?"

For the remainder of the company's sixth season, Single Carrot will occupy the Charles Street home of Everyman Theatre, which is heading across town this winter to a newly restored space on Fayette Street.

"We're looking to start our move in January to what we're referring to as the soon-to-be-former Everyman Theatre," said Single Carrot artistic director Nathan Cooper. "We'll be moving our entire operations there. This is a nice way to keep a performance venue in Station North, which I think is good for the whole neighborhood. We're calling it ...

'Single Carrot on Charles.' "

Three Single Carrot productions are slated for this location: "The Tropic of X," by Caridad Svich; "The V.I.P.," by Single Carrot member Aldo Pantoja; and "A Sorcerer's Journey," a company-wide creation based on the works of Carlos Castaneda. Dates are to be announced.

The company has been used to performing in a 55-seat space at Load of Fun. The Charles St. location has 175 seats. "It is imperative to us to maintain as much of our level of intimacy as we can," Cooper said.

He and the other company members will be touring the facility in the days ahead to see how that goal can be be achieved.

There is another issue for the Carrots to consider -- higher rent. "That is a challenge," Cooper said, "but it's not a big financial burden for us."

Don't get too used to the idea of Single Carrot on Charles, or pine for the company to return to Load of Fun. If all goes according to plan, the company will realize its long-held goal of having its own permanent space starting next season.

"This has been in the works for three years," Cooper said. "It doesn't have anything to do with the recent events at Load of Fun. We recognized early that the seating capacity there created certain budget constraints in terms of growth.

"It's a little too early to announce specifics," Cooper added, "but we love Station North and are trying to stay as close as we can to the corner we have been playing on." 


Posted by Tim Smith at 9:24 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Drama Queens, Everyman Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre


This is a great solution! I like it.

Fantastic for the Carrots. Hope they can stay in Station North.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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